EXCLUSIVE: After launching his acting career in Dunkirk, Harry Styles seems to have found his following. He landed one of the leading roles in the thriller New Line Don’t worry dear, the next directorial release for Olivia Wilde. Styles replaces Shia LaBeouf, who had to leave the project due to a scheduling conflict.
Styles will join Florence Pugh and Chris Pine who signed earlier this year. Wilde plays a key supporting role on screen.
Although little is known about the film’s plot, Don’t worry, honey is set in an isolated and utopian community in the 1950s California desert. Katie Silberman wrote the script based on a specific script by Shane and Carey Van Dyke.
The high-profile project is gaining momentum as it carefully watches a production start in the fall.
Olivia Wilde has been cast to direct an untitled Marvel film focusing on women at Sony
New Line Cinemas supports the film and considers it a high priority, having secured the rights after a heated bidding war over critical acclaim of Wilde’s directorial debut. Booksmart.
Catherine Hardwicke is the executive producer of the film along with Shane and Carey Van Dyke. Wilde and Silberman will produce alongside Roy Lee and Miri Yoon of Vertigo Entertainment. Daria Cercek and Celia Khong will oversee the project for New Line.
While Styles’ attachment to just about anything draws attraction to the project, insiders say Warner Bros executives have always been looking for that next thing after being blown away by his acting skills in Dunkirk. Sources add that after impressing Wilde and Pugh during a first meeting, the mutual feeling was of getting Styles to sign up for the project.
It is represented by CAA and Full Stop Management.
As one of the most in-demand directors, Wilde is set to direct an upcoming Marvel project and will direct and produce the film Searchlight. Perfect. His directorial debut Booksmart won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and was one of the best reviewed films of 2019.